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Jane D., a professional writer with ADHD in her early 40s, blogs about dating and relationships, working and losing a variety of jobs, and surviving and thriving with attention deficit, along with depression and anxiety. She lives and works near a big city on the West Coast.

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Archives: November 2007

posted: Friday November 30th - 9:54am

Taming the Tiger

In ADD group therapy, I share the part about brain blips, paper piles, all the things on the symptom list, but myself? I don't want to talk about it.

Last night I was late again for the guinea pig pow-wow. I haven't been on time once. So what if the psychiatrist jots something down and touts me as the group delinquent? When I walk in, all heads turn. I haven't seen them in close to a month. I sit at the same seat every time, and am always sandwiched between the reed-thin blonde and a...
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posted: Friday November 16th - 12:40pm

Desperation Sets In

I am prone to these moments of panic, the feeling that I imagine I'd have if told to walk on a tightrope across the Empire State Building.

Okay, I'm starting to get desperate again. I called the Dad up in a frenzy tonight. I am prone to these moments of panic, the feeling that I imagine I'd have if told to walk on a tightrope across the Empire State Building. As the best friend says, "your poor father." No wonder his mantra to the sister and me is, "it's nice to find a...
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posted: Thursday November 8th - 6:50am

Cocktail Relief

To hold my own attention, I need to stare so deeply into a person's eyes that they must think I'm putting a voodoo spell on them.

I decided to live the "Sex and the City" high life by ditching the pool and heading to a cocktail instead. Usually I avoid these shindigs, preferring to jump into the nearest subway and sulk my way home. Tonight I decided I to accept the last minute invite to this law school fundraiser in the very fancy Rainbow Room. I'd dress up, try to act like...
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posted: Tuesday November 6th - 10:23pm

Chivalry Exists

I struggled to focus as the date spoke. I hope ADD doesn't prevent me from listening...

Yes there is hope. It's a rare man under 40 who actually wears a suit to a date, and buys the tickets and makes reservations before the date. He's either really into me or a really good actor. Oh well, can't get my hopes up too high, remember this: spinster forever. But he's the nicest guy — really, really nice. I mean he's said a million...
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posted: Monday November 5th - 9:24pm

Back to Square One

Am I relegated to a life of lost and found, apologies, and what could be called the Valley Girl syndrome: totally clueless.

Is it completely hopeless? First I lost the phone on the island during the race, then the scarf at the theater the other night, then the moleskin notebook while watching the "Bee Movie" with the sister. I know the dad says that I need to adopt the "less is more" mantra. If I did less, carried less, worried less, wouldn't it just solve this ADD thing...
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posted: Monday November 5th - 8:25pm

The Ditziness is the ADD

I forced myself to do the ADD Meetup thing, but I really didn't want to, I mean I signed up to do this and over-committed myself yet again and again and again....

I forced myself to do the ADD Meetup thing, but there were a paltry three members and I just wanted to get out of there. As usual the stories were the same, disorganized, losing interest, getting bored, finding new ways to organize, creating zones, buying colored bins. Most of the time I feel like I'm five years old again. My dad gave me the cutest...
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